Hello and welcome to my personal webpages!
I am an aspiring academic and currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast. My research falls under the broad rubric of Bioethics and particularly professional medical ethics, broadly understood. Whilst my background is in philosophy and 'applied ethics' my interests are interdisciplinary. I am less interested in applied ethics and normative solutions to the dilemmas of medicine and medical practice than I am with 'meta-bioethical' questions of ethics as an aspect of professional practice and our broader culture and society. To this end I am mostly interested in using social theory to examine how morality and ethics are produced, reproduced and 'done' in various domains of medicine and healthcare including clinical practice, medical education, governance, management and academia. I am therefore interested in reflexively situating academic bioethics as an aspect of our social, cultural and political engagement with the moral and ethical questions of medicine, healthcare and the biosciences.
I graduated with a PhD from Queen's University Belfast in 2012. The title of my thesis is 'Taking Education Seriously: Developing Bourdieuan Social Theory in the Context of Teaching and Learning Medical Ethics in the UK Undergraduate Medical Degree.' The abstract and contents page is over on my academia.edu page, chapters are available from me on request. There is a review of the work here.
I am currently working with the Academy of Social Sciences Research Ethics Group. Detail of our work can be found here: https://acss.org.uk/developing-generic-ethics-principles-social-science/
I have recently been invited to join the International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Task Force reviewing their Code of Ethics.
I also exist elsewhere on the web:
I also have personal pages on google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/107782864095056216776/posts the facebook http://www.facebook.com/nathan.emmerich and on twitter https://twitter.com/nathanemmerich. You may amuse yourself at my taste in (folk) music over on last.fm.
I'm going to try to start blogging regularly here, really I am.